November 19th, 2010
In response to the projected healthcare personnel shortage, Wingate University (WU) plans to reinstate its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program by 2012, The Charlotte Observer reports.
WU’s previous BSN, which catered to individuals who had previously obtained a two-year associate degree, was discontinued in the mid-1990s due to a lack of demand.
The new program will be geared toward high school graduates who have an interest in pursuing a four-year nursing degree. The school’s initial goal is to enroll 20 students per class at WU’s Union County campus.
Before it can be reinstated, WU’s BSN program must first be approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The institution is currently searching for a director of nursing to establish a curriculum and pursue accreditation.
According to The North Carolina Center for Nursing, the state’s shortage is expected to reach nearly 20,000 by 2015.
A number of factors are affecting the nationwide nursing shortage, including an aging baby boomer population, an increased need for healthcare and schools’ inability to expand enrollment levels, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
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